Monday, March 15, 2010

Letter to the Editor of the Badger Herald at U Wisconsin-Madison

NOTE: Below is a letter to the editor that I submitted to the Badger Herald nine days ago. I thought perhaps, because I was being slandered with the most abusive language imaginable day after day that . . . . Well, it wasn’t in the cards. If you are a student at U Wisconsin, if you are a student anywhere who has taken it for granted that intellectual freedom is a given on your campus, perhaps the few words following will be of some interest to you.


Bradley R. Smith
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07 March 2010

Letter to the Editor

When I ran my ad -- The Holocaust Question: The Power of Taboo -- in the Badger Herald I understood that it would be seen as provocative by some. I’m somewhat surprised by how provocative it turned out to be. The ad and its author have been condemned and damned by Jason Smathers, the student editor of the Badger, all the way up the food chain to the Chancellor of the University, Biddy Martin. In between the condemnation has been forwarded by professors, students, and special interest orgs such as Hillel.

The seven words in the text-link ad suggest that there are questions that remain to be asked about the Holocaust narrative, but that it is taboo to ask them.
No one at UW, not one professor, has asked which questions about the Holocaust narrative might need to be addressed.

No one at UW, not one professor, has addressed the suggestion that such questions are not asked because it has become taboo to ask them.

Faculty, students, and administration alike are agreed that “denial” should be condemned. No one at UW, not one professor, states specifically what it is that I “deny.”

It is said that I am a “liar.” No one at UW, and not one professor, has addressed one specific lie I have allegedly told.

No one at UW, not one professor, has addressed my argument that these questions remain unanswered, and more importantly unasked, because taboo prohibits a free exchange of ideas on this one issue on your campus.

So far as I am aware, not one professor at UW is willing to propose, in the light of day, that to ask questions about a historical event – and the Holocaust was a historical event – should not only be allowed, but encouraged.

I have a couple three questions that I think it reasonable to put to the professoriate at UW. I do not expect any to respond. I am asking these questions here so that UW students might be introduced for the first time in their academic careers to the concept that there might be questions about the Holocaust narrative that should be asked, just as there are about any other historical narrative, that the questions might possibly be interesting and important as well.

Here we are then.

Professor: What is your understanding of why Dwight D. Eisenhower, in his Crusade in Europe, did not mention the German weapons of mass destruction, the homicidal gas chambers?

Professor: Can you provide, with proof, the name of one person killed in a gas chamber at Auschwitz?

Professor: Why is it “hateful” to ask such simple questions about one historical narrative? Who is it who benefits from the taboo against asking these questions? Germans?



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